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So you want to earn your South Carolina Teacher Certification? Let's take a look at the step by step instructions:

Traditional Approach for the South Carolina Teacher Certification

  1. Earn your Bachelors Degree or higher from an accredited university. If you already have a bachelors degree, then be sure to request more information for your Master’s Degree right away
  2. Teacher Preparations: This will include teacher prep courses, student teaching, and other types of internships. In order to receive a South Carolina Teacher Certification, you must have some experience in teaching, even if it’s unpaid. There 180 hours of field experience required
  3. Complete the fingerprint application and pass the background check
  4. Pass the Praxis II and the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam
  5. Obtain the Verification of College Preparation: Recommendation for Teacher Certificate from your college
  6. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Also, include copies of all test scores
    • $75 check/money order payable to South Carolina Department of Education
    • Mail to:
      South Carolina Department of Education
      Office of Educator Certification
      Landmark II Office Building
      3700 Forest Drive, Suite 500
      Columbia, South Carolina 29204
      (803) 734-8466
  7. Do you want to renew your South Carolina Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for the South Carolina Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can earn the Program for Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE). This will allow you to start teaching before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Obviously you must still earn your Bachelors Degree from an accredited university. Ideally, you should always continue your education in efforts to earn a Master’s degree.
  2. Pass the Praxis II exam
  3. 2 years of full time work experience or a master's degree
  4. read more of the requirements and the process here

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MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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Early Childhood Education (Certificate Only) - Online
  • Each year since 2004, The Princeton Review has included California University in its Best in the Northeast listing, recognizing Cal U as one of the best regional universities in the northeastern United States.
  • Ranked #35 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Offers private school amenities at a public school cost.
  • Grants students in its Global Online program the same diploma as graduates from Cal U’s traditional degree programs.
  • Has an student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1.
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E-Learning - EdS
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
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M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies
  • Get your master’s degree in just 14 months!
  • Earn your Ed.D. fully online in less than four years
  • Achieve an advanced degree on your schedule, from the comfort of your home
  • Use research-based best practices to have a more powerful impact on education
  • Further your education through affordable financial aid and competitive tuition
  • Scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid may also be available to help students with their tuition.
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Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction - Curriculum Studies Concentration

About the University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and a mission to enhance the industrial, economic and cultural potential of the state of South Carolina, the university is leading the way forward in creating new opportunities to explore, discover and advance the field of technology.

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